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Tour Operators Seek Higher Margins Instead Of Volume

IT'S ALL ABOUT BIGGER MARGINS In the recent years, there has been dramatic swing towards tour operators in the UK and Ireland targeting higher spending customers. The reason for this move, is because they are struggling to compete with the pricing and availability of online agents (OTAs) like Agoda, Expedia and Booking.com.  The powerful OTA’s generally sell large volumes with ridiculously low mark

Top 5 Tips …When Visiting Khao Lak (Thailand)

TOP 5 TIPS ...WHEN VISITING KHAO LAK Select Representation's top 5 tips....when visiting Khao Lak in Thailand... are as follows:   (1) Khao Sok National Park If you are searching for a fantastic tropical hideaway, then look no further than Khao Sok National Park. Located about 75 minutes drive north-east of Khao Lak, this large area of rainforest is brimming with wildlife, waterfalls and streams.

Mount Agung Bali – Threat Of Volcano Eruption Lowered

MOUNT AGUNG BALI - THREAT LOWERED TO LEVEL III The threat level of Mount Agung volcano in Bali has been officially lowered from IV (caution) to III (standby), meaning that an eruption is no longer considered imminent. The news was confirmed in a statement released by Indonesia’s Geology Body and the governor of Karengasem region yesterday (29/10) at 16:00. It comes as a welcome relief to

Travel Trade Shows – Are there too many?

TRAVEL TRADE SHOWS - WORTH IT OR NOT? Every year hoteliers and destination management company diaries are likely to be filled with numerous travel trade shows and exhibitions, in search of the key to future business growth. As you can imagine, the instinct for a lot of travel industry people is to attend as many trade shows as possible. However, we at Select Representation have realised

Why the need for sales & marketing representation for hotels & destination management companies?

SALES & MARKETING.....THE HUMAN TOUCH.... WILL NEVER DIE Select Representation was launched in 2012 by Jonathan Wilkins.  After many years of recommending other sales & marketing companies to hoteliers and destination management companies in need of ‘local’ on the ground assistance…it was finally time to swap sides. Some may say it was a case of ‘poacher turned game keeper’, whilst others may refer to

Happy Diwali 2017

HAPPY DIWALI 2017 Diwali is a five-day festival of lights, celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world. The festival, which coincides with the Hindu New Year, celebrates new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. During this festival, people light up their houses and shops. They worship Lord Ganesha for good welfare and prosperity and Goddess Lakshmi

Welcome to iclub Ma Tau Wai (Hong Kong)

NEWEST HOTEL IN THE REGAL FAMILY... IS NOW OPEN iclub is a select-service hotel brand under the management of Regal Hotels International. All iclub hotels are designed for optimum functionality for the self-sufficient, tech-savvy travellers. The newly opened iclub Ma Tau Wai Hotel is located in a sleek high-rise building with great views over Kowloon Bay. This contemporary hotel sits in the bustling To

World Travel Market 2017 (London)

WORLD TRAVEL MARKET (06 - 08 NOVEMBER 2017) Select Representation will be attending World Travel Market (WTM London) on behalf of our valued clients (www.select-rep.com/portfolio).  WTM is a large annual global b2b exhibition for travel industry professionals. The event is held at EXCEL (Docklands) and brings together suppliers of travel & tourism products under one roof to showcase the latest developments in the travel industry

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi

WHAT IS GANESH CHATURTHI  & WHY IS IT CELEBRATED? Ganesh Chaturthi is a 10 day Hindu festival that begins on 25th August this year. It is celebrated to honour the elephant-headed god Ganesha’s birthday.  The festival begins on the fourth day of Hindu lunar-solar calendar month Bhadrapada. This typically falls in the months of August or September, and in 2017 will fall on 25th August

Government acts to close down bogus holiday sickness law firms

SUPPORT TRAVEL WEEKLY'S FIGHT AGAINST FAKE CLAIMS Several firms suspected of encouraging bogus holiday sickness compensation have been hit in a government clampdown. Ministry of Justice officers swooped on the premises of cowboy companies and found 34 unlicensed firms fuelling a surge in the number of fake claims being made by British holidaymakers. The industry watchdog issued six warnings, started two investigations and removed

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